The Epsilon Zeta Zeta and Beta Beta Chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will observe their 98th Founders’ Day activities beginning Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. with Sisterly Bonding and Painting.


Other events will include:


Saturday, Jan. 13, “Sisters Connecting with the Elderly” at Whispering Knoll Assisted Living, 6812 S. Hazel St.;


Sunday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. worship service at Cherry Street AME Zion Church, 800 S. Cherry St.;


Monday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m. participating in the Kingfest Parade/Marade on Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff.


Anissa E. Buckner is the Zeta Phi Beta graduate chapter president and Avriel Clincy is undergraduate chapter president at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Founders’ Day Committee is co-chaired by Mattie Glover and LaTosha Simmons. The international president of Zeta Phi Beta is Mary Breaux Wright.


“Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. was organized at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16, 1920, as a result of encouragement given to the five founders by members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.,” according to a news release.


“It was the idea of the founders that the sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the ideas of finer womanhood, scholarship, service, and sisterhood. More than 800 collegiate and graduate chapters are divided into nine regions in North America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean Africa and the Middle East,” according to the release.


Affiliations of Zeta Phi Beta include the Amicae Auxiliary, (Friends of Zeta), Archonettes Club, Amicettes and Pearlettes, the youth organizations of the sorority.